The Cockroach Principle with Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration
The word is locked in a kind of paralysis.
The age of COVID-19 has brought to a halt not only things we once considered essential aspects of our lives (beyond that of the vital necessities like food and frosted tips), but also the proliferation of the usual evils that could freely run rampant in a previous world concerned more with semantics, offshore banking (if you’re not a member of Take That) and, for some reason, Karl Marx still.
That’s not to say that the usual evils haven’t manifested themselves through the mucousy lens of this pandemic, but they’ve become less of a stark reminder of humanity’s corruption and more bird s*** falling on a giant turd mountain.
But being reminded of the dark hearts of men is important in times such as these.
The turd mountain is going to be hauled away. But it’s going to be hauled away by a shady waste disposal business owned by the oligarchic billionaires who bulldozed your apartment block and your dog while your back was turned.
Well, folks, there’s no better way to be reminded of the dark hearts of men than through a witty musical number sung by Meryl Streep.
Yes, it’s time for Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration!
In celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th Birthday, “Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration” will feature performances from many of the artists who appeared in his shows, including Meryl Streep, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Christine Baranski, Donna Murphy, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Aaron Tveit, Maria Friedman, Iain Armitage, Katrina Lenk, Michael Cerveris, Brandon Uranowitz, Stephen Schwartz, Elizabeth Stanley, Chip Zien, Alexander Gemignani and, from the cast of Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company, Ann Harada, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh and Thom Sesma. It will be live-streamed to a worldwide audience to acknowledge one of the most brilliant living composers of musical theatre.
It’s imperative to remain vigilant in this hazy chaos. However, we’re all bruised, vulnerable and afraid.
Mainlining pure misanthropy would destroy us.
But a spoonful of flashy cynicism as sung by Hollywood’s Margaret Thatcher may just keep our minds from turning into a completely docile mush.